Texas construction worker files FLSA class action lawsuit in Houston against building company

by John Chapman

A Texas construction worker has filed a class action lawsuit in Houston against a building company for allegedly failing to properly pay overtime compensation. Salvador Solorzano’s lawsuit on behalf of workers employed by Ramirez & Son Construction alleges that the company failed to follow federal overtime rules stipulated in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Solorzano’s lawsuit alleges that he frequently worked more than 40 hours per week for Ramirez & Son without being paid time and a half for overtime work. Workers who were also denied overtime compensation by the construction company may also be eligible to join the class action lawsuit.

In addition to regulating overtime compensation, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) contains other provisions to ensure that employees are fairly paid for their work. Other FLSA regulations include provisions for minimum wage compensation, child labor laws, and failing to pay employees for tasks such as training or “donning and doffing”.

The number of FLSA lawsuits filed by workers in the U.S. has risen steadily in recent years. Nearly 9,000 lawsuits were filed in 2015 by workers over alleged FLSA violations by their employers. Experts have predicted that the number of FLSA lawsuits will continue to climb through 2016. Increases in state or municipal minimum wage rates, increased focus by federal regulators, and heightened scrutiny of how employees are classified by their employers have all played a role in the increase in the number of lawsuits filed under the FLSA. A number of FLSA lawsuits have also been filed by the Department of Labor.

Many FLSA lawsuits are filed as class action cases like the lawsuit filed by Salvador Solorzano against Ramirez & Son. An individual worker who believes that he or she has been wrongfully denied overtime or other compensation by their employers can file a lawsuit that can be joined by other workers who have suffered similar alleged violations.

FLSA Overtime Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Workers who are subject to overtime violations or other improper payment practices may be eligible to file a lawsuit under the FLSA or to join an existing class action case to seek back pay or other compensation. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who has the experience in handling commercial and class action litigation cases to advise you on whether you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against your employer.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed numerous class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who were harmed by the wrongful actions of businesses or corporations. Our law firm has handled commercial class actions or multi-district litigation (MDL) lawsuits in Texas, California, and other jurisdictions across the U.S.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are trial attorneys in the truest sense of the term, having tried hundreds of cases to verdict and settled hundreds more on behalf of our clients. Our lawyers have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totaling more than $200 million.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has the legal experience to guide our clients through commercial class action cases, MDLs, and other complex litigation from beginning to end. Our law firm also has the financial resources to take on some of the biggest corporations in the world on behalf of our clients. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. Our attorneys are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

If you were the victim of FLSA violations in the workplace, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit or join an existing class action case. For a free legal consultation and to find out whether you may qualify, contact us the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.